Russell Fearon, The De La Salle School Class of 2012, a mechanical engineer in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University Class of 2020, presented his innovation story on October 17 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. as a 2019 candidate for the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ sponsored by The American Heart Association. He was one nine national finalists in the prestigious competition. A panel of judges selected Russell for an award of $50,000!
Fearon is the co-inventor of Sugex, a wearable device that helps people manage their diabetes. He graduated in the top tier of his class at Chaminade High School on Long Island, where he honed his writing, debate, and business acumen. Since his childhood, he has always strived to make the world a better place, participating in community service and charitable endeavors. In 2015, he achieved the prestigious award and apex of scouting, the Eagle Scout rank. Over the course of his collegiate tenure, Russell has landed coveted summer internship opportunities from Northrop Grumman (aerospace) in Florida to Edwards LifeSciences (medical) in California.
In the summer of 2019, Russell began to pursue his entrepreneurial desire during the Invent@SU invention accelerator. There, working with co-inventor Ricardo Sanchez, the team synthesized affordable alternatives to help treat the worldwide diabetes epidemic. The team is now working with the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at SU Libraries to help bring the idea from concept to commercialization.